I am absolutely serious. There is really such a thing as a Snail Facial. And it costs $100 plus. What will they think of next? Bird poo facials? Actually...more about that later. I happened upon an article in the Telegraph which featured this sticky story. (Photo by: viewthevibe.com/big-in-japan-snail-facials )
If you happen to be in Tokyo and feel like you have need a little facial work, then Ci:z.Labo in the Ebisu district of Tokyo is the place to go. They have 5 resident snails - this did make me suspicious that this might be a tall story after being served 23531 snails only days before. Or maybe that's why they only have 5...?
These slimy cretins get fed only organic food and produce some mega slime it would seem. Katie Holmes has apparently tried it and if it's good enough for her, well then, I'm still not having slimy slugs smearing mucus on my face. And pay $160 for the dubious pleasure. And I'm definitely not marrying Tom Cruise either.
Oh yes, they wash YOUR face before they put the snails on them. Wouldn't want you contaminating the snail mucus now would we. Apparently, the snails feel slow, heavy and cool and slightly ticklish. Seems they forgot to mention Gross.
Apparently as far back as 400BC snail stuff has been used for medical treatments – Hippocrates mentions mixing crushed molluscs with sour milk as a treatment for skin inflammation. Quoting the Telegraph: Over the past two years, snail face creams, serums and masks have surged in popularity in particular in Japan and South Korea, regions already famed for such unusual beauty fads as nightingale faeces facials and live fish pedicures.
Nightingale faeces facials? Maybe a bit of snail excrement ain't so bad after all. After you then?
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